Councils ask local groups to celebrate Lanarkshire's history in 2013

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 11:20 BST on Friday 29th June 2012.

North and South Lanarkshire Council have issued an invitation to everyone who wants to celebrate Lanarkshire’s history over the past few hundred years to get involved in ‘Lanarkshire 2013’.

Community groups, schools, churches, the local press and media, businesses and members of the public are all being urged to get involved in celebrating Lanarkshire 2013, an initiative which will highlight the region's achievements and milestones over the past 200 years with the aim of raising its profile as a tourist destination during and beyond 2012 the Year of Creative Scotland.

The year-long festivities were triggered by the bi-centenary of the birth of Lanarkshire missionary David Livingstone, and with support from Creative Scotland, New Lanarkshire Limited has joined forces with both North and South Lanarkshire Councils to promote the year-long calendar of events that will celebrate the county, its people and places, past and present.

North Lanarkshire Provost James Robertson joined his South Lanarkshire counterpart, Provost Eileen Logan, and New Lanarkshire's Chair Ian Livingstone at the recent launch at the David Livingstone Memorial in Blantyre, along with local school children.

Commenting, Provost Robertson: “Lanarkshire has an enormous amount to celebrate in terms of its achievements, its development, its resilience in the face of adversity and the sons and daughters that have gone on to achieve greatness in their respective fields, whether it be in medicine, sport, entertainment, exploration, industry or politics.

“We have so much to be proud of and this is our chance to exhibit that pride in who we are, and what we do best, to the rest of Britain and internationally."

Creative Scotland is contributing £80,000 towards the programme of events which will include dance, music, visual art and fashion.

A further £36,000 will be concentrated on arts and crafts events in the Clyde Valley.

A call has also gone out to Lanarkshire's famous sons and daughters to act as champions for the programme and the widow of Scots conductor Sir Alexander Gibson has agreed that the Spring Concert in April should be named after him.

Provost Eileen Logan wants as many local people as possible to embrace the celebrations and help promote Lanarkshire both around Britain and around the world, “We want everyone to come on board with us and enjoy a fantastic year," said Provost Logan.

“We owe it to the young people, who are our future, to show them just how much they can achieve.

“And that's why we're looking to all the organisations in the area to join forces and do something that's wonderful and memorable.”

Since announcing the year of festivities, last week, North and South Lanarkshire Councils have issued a rally call to local community groups to engage them on ‘grass root’ celebrations.

The event’s organisers have said that an event toolkit has been prepared so that groups can use it to help organise their event and to seek funding from the lottery and other potential funders.

Event will be officially acknowledged and given publicity on the official Celebrating Lanarkshire website, which due to be launched later this year.

North and South Lanarkshire Councils have issued contact details for people wishing to organise an event.

·         Community group organisers should email or phone Karen Lambie at 01698 742050. 

·         North Lanarkshire Schools arranging events should email details to or phone 01236 812200.

·         South Lanarkshire Schools should contact or phone 01698 454375.